The past year has been tough on Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe — an iconic venue famed for its intimacy, where country songwriters perform within arms’ reach of a tightly packed audience.
The pandemic, of course, put those experiences to a halt. It’s now been 10 months since the Bluebird was open to the public. But there’s one tradition the venue refuses to put on hold: lending a hand to Alive Hospice.
The Bluebird’s 28th annual “Alive at the Bluebird” benefit concert series has returned this month — in streaming form.
The 15-show series kicked off on Jan. 7, and will stream at 7:30 p.m. CT every Thursday in January, and on the first Thursday of every month through 2021.
The shows will be streamed at StageIt.com, and tickets can be purchased for $20.
Proceeds go to Alive Hospice, a Middle Tennessee-based nonprofit provider of hospice care and end-of-life services.
Performers for the first five shows include Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Lucie Silvas, JT Harding, Erin Enderlin and Gary Burr.
“This year forced all of us to think more about what really matters and find creative ways to sustain our work,” Bluebird president Erika Wollam Nichols shared in a press release.
“When it came time to start planning Alive at The Bluebird, we knew we couldn’t let uncertainty overshadow a beautiful tradition that means so much to our community.”
While music-lovers can’t currently visit in person, a stellar Nashville-made documentary about the venue — 2019’s “Bluebird” — is available for rent and purchase on digital video platforms.
‘Alive at the Bluebird’ 2021 line-up (more to be announced)
● Jan. 7: Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Jim Photoglo
● Jan. 14: Marc Beeson, Lucie Silvas & friends
● Jan. 21: Erin Enderlin, Kendell Marvel, Waylon Payne
● Jan. 28: JT Harding & friends
● Feb. 4: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & friends